Other Programs 

Supportive Assistance to Individuals and Families (SAIF) was developed to create a safety net for those families and individuals who exhausted their five-year time limit on welfare (Work First New Jersey [WFNJ]) and do not meet the criteria for an exemption to the time limit. (Exemptions are given to people who are permanently disabled, sole caretakers of a disabled dependent, chronically unemployable, over age 60, or victims of family violence).

The SAIF program, which began serving clients early in 2004, couples intensive case management with a continuation of the service package available to WFNJ recipients. This means that if the client continues to work or participate in a work activity, he or she may receive up to 24 months of cash benefits, plus services such as child care and transportation. If needed, other services such as mental health and substance abuse treatment may also be available. A case manager will keep in close contact with the client – through phone calls, visits to the office and even visits to the client’s worksite or home – to ensure that progress continues.

The Early Employment Imitative offers assistance and supports to those cash benefit applicants assistance in finding employment before a cash case is granted. If employment is found, it saves time being used against the five-year lifetime limit on welfare benefits.

The NJ Healthy Families – TANF Initiative for Parents (TIP) was born out of the Child Welfare Reform effort, to help last trimester and new parents with children under 12 months old who are on Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) improves their parenting skills and encourage their child’s well-being and healthy development. TIP offers parents the opportunity to choose between having a TIP representative come directly to their home to work one-on-one with them and participating in community sessions at their local One-Stop Career Center. Or they can choose a combination of the two. Through its extended support network, TIP creates a training plan that best suits each parent’s situation, providing them with guidance on good nutrition, available medical, and child care services, resume writing, job interview skills and more. Parents are also given the opportunity to share their experiences with families like themselves and are referred to other services they may need.

Community Work Experience Program (CWEP) is a “to-work” activity that provides work and training to enable the recipient to adjust to, and learn how to function in, an employment setting. CWEP placements are directed towards organizations and agencies directly involved in useful public service areas such as health, recreation, child and adult care, education, environmental protection, social services, etc.

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